What Are Some Important Locations on a Map of the Chicago Metropolitan Area?


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Important locations on a map of the Chicago Metropolitan Area include the downtown core, Navy Pier, Lincoln Park, the Museum Campus and Northerly Island. Chicago's two airports are O'Hare International, northwest of downtown, and Chicago Midway International, to the southwest. O'Hare is the larger of the two and has more flight options. Good Chicago maps show the roadways between the airports, subway lines and the various neighborhoods.

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Chicago's downtown core contains the city's business and shopping districts, and is home to several high-end hotels. Museums such as the Art Institute of Chicago are in the core, as is the Magnificent Mile. Grant Park fronts Lake Michigan in this area.

The Navy Pier juts out into Lake Michigan east of downtown, and is one of the city's major tourist attractions. A landmark since the early 1900s, it served as a military base and hospital during World War I. As of 2015, the pier is home to shops, restaurants and arcades, and is a launch point for lake cruises.

The Lincoln Park neighborhood, north of downtown, is known for the Lincoln Park Zoo. Another important location is south of downtown, the Museum Campus, home to the Field Museum, Adler Planetarium and the Shedd Aquarium. Next to the Museum Campus is Northerly Island, an open-space recreation area within sight of the Chicago skyline.

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